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The period that began directly after the end of World War II, from 1945 to 1991, is commonly known as the Cold War — the decades-long tension between the Soviet Union and the United States (and its NATO allies). During this significant length of time, millions of Americans served in the U.S. military, not only domestically but overseas, and like other wartime veterans, suffered through situations that might’ve put their health at risk (either immediately, or years down the road).

Below, are two lists. If you believe either yourself — or a loved one — is or was affected by one of the items (through contact or otherwise) get in touch with your physician (you can securely message members of your medical team by going here).

You may also be able to file a disability claim by going here (once filed you can track the claim or check its status by clicking here). If your disability is confirmed, you may be eligible to receive benefits or even compensation (payments).

Contact with the following could’ve brought on illness or injury:

– Radiation
– Mustard gas
– Herbicides
– Occupational (job-related) hazards
– Noise

The following projects and locations could’ve put you at risk for illness:

– Projects 112 or Shipboard Hazard and Defense (SHAD)
– Atsugi Waste Incinerator
– Edgewood/Aberdeen Experiments
– Camp Lejeune and Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) New River
– Fort McClellan


In addition to your medical team, you may also consult with your local VA environmental health coordinator (to find yours, and to learn more about each thing listed above, click here).

If you haven’t done so already, you can apply for VA healthcare by going here.